So, you're up on the Prius clone in the new Grand Theft Auto game, done the electric vs. petrol showdown in Project Gotham Racing 4, and took a Prius down the road in Gran Turismo. What do you play when you want to drive slower in the virtual world, perhaps picking up beautiful women? How about this game?
A new game called Bus Driver allows you to, well, drive a bus. Meridian4, the game's producer, says the player's job is to "transport passengers around an attractive and realistic city. You must drive to a timetable on a planned route, while obeying traffic rules, and taking care not to upset or injure your passengers." You passengers can be schoolkids, tourists, public transportation riders or prisoners. Yikes. With 12 rides, 30 routes and five levels of difficult to choose from, the game shouldn't get old quickly. Wanna give it a shot? There's a free demo for Windows PCs here. No word on whether there's a hack to make some of the buses available for women only.
While I have been lighthearted in this post, I can tell you right now that this is not the most dull-sounding driving sim I've ever heard of. In Japan, a semi-popular genre of video games is the train operator game. Not only do you have to follow the schedule and pick up passengers on time, but you don't get to choose your route. It's always down the track. Still, I saw lots of little boys (mostly) who really loved to play this game, so I'm not counting Bus Driver out just yet.